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CNN
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
comes to the income thresh followed for tax increases? >> i think president obama is right, that those making less than $250,000 should be protected. the republicans, of course, want to raise that level so there it will be some higher income categories that receive the same protection from tax increases. as part of a package, overall package, i'm following sit down and talk about that personally, only one element, the whole question mark tend is what's fair what will reduce the deficit, what's something we can live with as a nation? >> let's talk numbers. you talking about 400,000 dollars a year income level? maybe more? i know republicans are trying to get more than that. >> they are trying to create a larger class of people protected from increase in the income tax beyond the 2% that would have to pay for -- >> what but personally? what could you go for? >> i don't want to bargain with myself here around you can't do it in isolation. what you need look at is the entirely theny of things but got to be willing to give it you know? the nature of this whole process compromise, some
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 10:00pm PST
stopped being the bush tax cuts and become the obama tax cuts, right? i think that's what conservatives and republicans should be most worried about from a long-term political perspective right now. i mean, in a sense, they have sort of -- they have won a particular policy battle in the sense that most of the bush tax cuts, both parties believe should be extended. right? we're talking about 97%, 98% of the bush tax cuts. you could say that's a policy win for republicans, but if those tax cuts ended up getting branded as obama's tax cuts that he passed after we went over the fiscal cliff, it then loses whatever upside there was for republicans, except, and we have to mention this, for republicans vulnerable to primary challenges, there's obviously a lot of anxiety about being, you know, the first republican in 20 years to vote for a tax increase. i think that's the big fear, that it's been so long. republicans haven't cast this kind of vote. you don't want to be the first one to do it. >> yeah, and charles, we're told the democrats may be waiting until the very last minute. maybe they're
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 8:00pm PST
republicans in the house and the senate, to pass this. >> right up to the edge. thank you, dana. thank you, jessica. now, right now, the most likely deal on the table seems to be that scaled-down proposal president obama suggested last fright. just to recap, extend tax cuts on household income under $250,000, that's 98% of americans. extend unemployment insurance. that's important. and likely extend the alternative minimum tax fix. but is this bared down plan something house republicans can really get behind? "outfront" tonight to answer that question, republican congressman tom mcclintock of california, a member of the house budget committee. mr. congressman, good to see you. could you back that scaled back plan to avoid going over the fiscal cliff? >> as i said all along, republicans don't want taxes to go up on anyone. if we have an impasse on january 1st, they go up on everyone. so at some point, i think that we republicans have got to realize that if we can't save everybody, we need to try to save as many people as possible. that's not advocating a tax increase. if a lifegu
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
right now of john boehner and president obama. john boehner from your state of ohio. there are a lot of people that say if the deal were between these two guys, it would be made. the problem is john boehner can't agree to something with president obama and then take it back to his own party. >> well, and vice versa. a year ago august the president couldn't agree to the deal he needed another $400 billion in revenue. look, if the president and senator reid and john boehner all said to me today it's written, let's put simpson-bowles on the floor, i guarantee you given the urgency we could cobble together something to solve this problem but nobody is willing to pull the trigger. everybody wants to play the blame game. this blame game is about to put us over the edge. >> the problem, of course, which you don't personally face because you didn't run for this new congress is a poll that we have that was taken very recently that says -- we asked who would be more responsible if the fiscal cliff occurs. 48% of respondents say the gop in congress. 37% blame -- would blame president obama and 11%
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 10:00pm PST
right about the probl problems facing republicans right now, which is that the incentives for each individual member of the house of representatives, every republican member, are in a sense to oppose president obama as strongly as possible. because most of them represent safe seats. where the big danger is where a primary challenge from the right. but the incentive for the party as a whole is you know, look, the legislative landscape is tilted very strongly against republicans right now. taxes will go up in some sense, and for the long-term future of the party it is probably sort of better to retreat and find new ground to fight on. so you have the duali ining imperatives at work. >>> and more breaking news coming up, a rare break on the senate side, actually getting something done, something that the hard-hit survivors of hurricane sandy are counting on. >>> also, we'll tell you about the people who got the job of going after unethical lawmakers, and bipartisan efforts to those watch dogs, keeping them honest. e alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat.
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
is going to happen is because the american people say that's right. >> reporter: now remember president obama put vice president biden in charge of what's essentially a task force between different agencies and he has said he wants recommendations really right about now on exactly some recommendations for congress to move forward on. but we know that president obama has urged congress and will continue to do so in the new year to pass an assault weapons ban. to pass a ban on high capacity ammunition clips and to close the gun show loophole so all gun purchasers are suggest to background checks and he also wants to address the mental health issue. >> thank you. appreciate it. >>> if you were watching, the nfl playoffs are set. joe carter is here to tell us who is in and who is out. sunday was exciting. >> thank you. good morning. it was an emotional year, emotional day in indianapolis. head coach chuck pagano back on the sidelines. he's been out since september after being diagnosed with leukemia. arian foster tapping the chuck strong banner after scoring a touchdown. they fini
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 6:00am PST
. >>> brianna is in hawaii right now traveling with the obama family. so merry christmas, brianna. what are the obamas doing today, i wonder. >> to you as well, carol. there's nothing on the president's public schedule so we don't know exactly what they're doing but presumably they're doing what most -- many americans will be doing on this christmas. still very early, of course, here on a oahu. it's about 4:00 a.m. local time. they will be presumably, waking up in the home that they're renting about 45 minutes from where we are in this area. and celebrating. so you saw the first lady did it did get in the spirit talking to kids who were watching norad track santa. the president spending his christmas eve a little differently playing golf. not quite as festive as what the first lady was doing and, also, going to the beach with the first family. we do know that the white house chef, sam kass, is here, he'll be cooking the meal for the first family and we're hoping to get details on what they'll be eating today. >> i'm not going to ask you about t about the fiscal cliff so i'll ask you a total
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 9:00pm PST
big time because we spent most of the last month e-mailing each other about barack obama and mitt romney. and you were tearing me off a new one, i believe is the american phrase, for what you perceived to be my lack of support for the president. >> that's right. >> i was more interested in the debate we were having. it was a very good one, actually. i found it very informative. >> i kept sending you articles. >> you did. and your man won. >> your man didn't? >> no, i didn't have a horse in the race. i'm british. i can't vote. i don't have the right. but my argument to you was i wondered whether mitt romney could be better for the american economy. >> god no. you know why? >> you were having none of it. >> do you know why? there have been businessmen who have turned presidents, i think herbert hoover, george bush, the first george bush. businessmen. i think there was a couple of others. lousy presidents. businessmen make lousy presidents. >> why have you been so consistently supportive of obama? >> i can't even imagine thinking about what would happen to the supreme court if a repu
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
leadership perspective. how do you advocate and advise, let's say, speaker boehner and president obama? how do we move past that? >> you know, one of the fundamental problems we run into when we think about the unconscious is the fact we're driven by the need to be right or the need to look good. one of the things that i would advise and encourage speaker boehner and president obama to consider is the extent to which some of their behavior is driven more by the need to be right and look good than about what is really in the best interest. it seems like a simple thing, but when people can become aware of some of these deeper patterns, they can shift off of them and be more adult and make better decisions. so my advice would be become more effectively aware of things driving them. >> do you think there's either one more at fault than the other? >> you know, they probably at this point speaker boehner simply because he's more backed into the corner. president obama has the better hand, and everybody knows that. as a function of that, boehner has to consider what are his options? his optio
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 8:00am PST
obama, but it's very much up to congress to do something here going into the new year. as of right now, this may surprise you, but there are basically no discussions going on. the white house, senate democrats, they are not in discussion with how republicans and senate republicans in any substantive way. that may seem troubling to you because in order to work out some sort of deal to make it through congress, all parties need to agree to something. but as of right now, they are not talking. all eyes now turning to the senate, which will reckoconvene thursday. harry reid has the task of trying to cobble something together that can get some republican support in the senate and also get some republican support in the house and make it through congress. that's a difficult task. the white house saying they want the threshold for income tax rates expiring to be $250,000 and above. they are back to their initial negotiating position. and so between that and the lack of discussions going on, you sort of understand why you're hearing from democrats and republicans this pessimism about going ove
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 2:00am PST
' budgets, and it could launch the economy back into a recession. president obama spent christmas eve playing golf with friends in hawaii, and right now the senate looks like the last hope for neglect getting past the fiscal krif. want to go to the white house correspondent briana keilar who is traveling with the first family in honolulu. any discusses at all that you're hearing from from sources in either party right now? >> reporter: some discussions, but they are not really surprising ones, dana right now we understand that the white house is talking with senate democrats, and this is exactly what you would expect ahead of the senate reconvening on the 27th when it's really up to senate majority leader harry reid to try to figure out some sort of measure that can get some republican support in the senate and some republican support in the house in the hopes of averting the fiscal cliff. this is really a bit of a last-ditch effort, and instead of tackling sort of the big issue of dealing with the long-term fiscal health of the country which is what the fiscal cliff was initially sup
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
last night, if you listened to president obama. >> i think they have to sound optimistic. the last thing they want to do is not sound optimistic. here's the problem. we've come right to the 11th hour. the fact there's going to be a substantive deal that comes out in the 11th hour is probably nailed to zero. in my sense, it's easier to go over the cliff. then there's clarity, right? taxes up, spending cut. the market will know what is going to happen. it can only get better from there, because then you'll guess legislators that come to the table, that try to cut taxes and raise some spending and they'll argue it from a positive point of view and stand up and say, rah, rah, look what we did. right? it won't get any worse if we go into the cliff. if there's a band-aid, confusion, no clarity. the market will probably react more negatively than actually going over the cliff. i think that's what investors have to be concerned about. now, that being said, i don't think the market's going to crash by any sense, because i think there's a lot of money still on the sidelines that needs invest
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
. i will believe none of it until i see it. >> right. >> the rates will go up for high income people, and we don't know how high income, president obama wants $250,000 as the threshold, but republicans are pushing for more than $400,000, but it is splitting hairs at a certain point and especially now in the 11th hour or less than 30 hours away from the deadline. so we will see that, and we hope that they are going to put an amt patch in to protect the middle-class in from playing the wealth year for tax year 2012 yet, and we are totally running out of time on that one, and we have a bunch of tax extenders for businesses and individuals and they have expired and will they extend those? and the payroll tax will certainly expire and nobody is talking about that. the first pay xhek in jcheck in will be smaller regardless because of that. >> and you are so good at giving explanations for 99.8% of americans who are not accountants. but the amt patch will affect you for the 2012 income, and not the 2013, so that matters immediately. >> right. in effect, the irs came out last week and said,
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 1:00am PST
respond and i'll let you go, lz. go ahead, anna. >> don, we have right now three different chambers, you know, three different areas of government. there's a lot that the executive branch can do. there's a lot of leadership that president obama can provide that he has not provided on this issue, and yes, there's a lot of hearts and minds that have to change in congress, a lot of them republican, and also some democrats. i think it's up to us as citizens if we want to see changes happen, to take off the party label and demand it of our elected officials and the people representing us. a lot of times politicians act because the citizens are demanding it and crying out for it. >> right. >> that's what has to happen on this issue. >> i think, you're right, this is not -- >> we have to lead and they will follow. >> this is not a democrat or republican issue, taken is, it's going to take all of us to do it. and we have to take the politics out of it. l.z., i'll give you the last word. go ahead and go on as long as you want. sorry i cut you off. >> what she described is a microcosm of what
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 7:00pm PST
. wouldn't your party be happy to have a fellow republican, hagel, in the obama administration? >> not necessarily. so, don, you mentioned the three things that are concerned to log cabin republicans. battle of gay rights. this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring open implementation take place. he's has a negative record on that. not just talking about a former appointee. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and then finally our bilateral relationship with israel, not strong on that. so regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be sec-def. to use an army colloquiloaolloq he's a no-go. >> have you been getting pushback from your party about the ad? >> no. the party is a broad spectrum. there are folks that we work with on the nonproliferation issue regarding iran. we were longtime supporters of legislation that was advocated by leadership in our party. other coalition groups. also as far
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 10:00pm PST
verbally to appeal of obama care and it's up to us to hold our nominee's feet to the fire. >> so here's competition. let me put my own doctor hat. if i was prescribing some medicine for you right now, congressman, i would tay tsai the situation is looking pretty terminal for your race to be the gop nominee. why don't you do the decent thing and pull out? why are you staying in the race? >> why don't you do the decent thing and not pest are me with silly questions like that? i mean that, would be decent of you. >> it wasn't that silly. hang on. the latest gallup poll has you at 9%. >> wait, wait, wait, what you're looking for at delegates and we're doing quite yet. >> let's see how you're doing. mitt military 568 delegates, ron paul 71. >> yeah, okay. what about the states where they're still working through the process, which is most of them, you know, whether, you know, whether it's up in maine. right now we're doing very well in the state of washington. north dakota. excellent, now in nevada. and our people are in the right places and doing the things to become a delegate. it's
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am PST
between speaker boehner and president obama. >> that's the other dog not barking here, is how small expectations are become here. how little deficit reduction will happen here. >> none, right? by the way, aren't taxes going up anyway? >> true. >> what people don't know or what we haven't focused on here, nobody is talking about keeping taxes low on social security. >> right. the payroll tax, the extension of the holiday in effect is not even on the table at this point. >> right. my question is, could this be an ongoing battle where you see a series of skirmishes in the new year over the debt ceiling and over another budget because it's an ideological tug-of-war that will eventually break and they're just fighting for it now, but it's a huge battle of ideas that maybe they have to fight over for a while. >> it is. you're right, jessica. i think the speaker at heart -- it's not about necessarily his caucus to vote. he does not believe that raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 is a good economic policy and thinks it's disastrous. the president doesn't believe an austerity
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
right now. keeping the speaker of the house john boehner abreast of what's going on. keeping harry reid abreast of what's going on and keeping president obama abreast of what's going on. we heard from senator reid yesterday that they are very far apart. not just talking on the threshold, initially president obama said $250 mi,000. there is talk to bumping that to $400,000. republicans want to know how we pay for it. there are farm subsidies, the doc fix. and spending cuts. so there is a lot to be resolved here in the next few hours. >> too bad we only found out about this, you know, yesterday or the day before. 517 days they've had to work out the details and now we're talking about them all. brianna, we'll be busy today and may be ringing in the new year together. brianna keilar in washington. >>> a ball dropping in washington, a ball dropping in times square it looks like we'll go off the fiscal cliff. here's what it means to you. your paycheck will shrink. the payroll tax holiday is likely going away, for someone making $50,000 a year, it means $80 out of your paycheck. taxes wi
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
right now, so obama's insistence has been, if you make over $250,000 a year, on the income over 250 you pay a little more in the new rates he's proposing. now, he's been willing -- it's been reported that he's gone as high as 400,000 in the negotiations with boehner. so that's a place for agreement. the other place is the estate tax. the estate tax is scheduled to rise by quite a bit at the stroke of midnight tomorrow night. republicans want to keep it low, democrats want it to go up a little bit. there's room for compromise there. and so, you know, it's not just marginal rates that are going up, there's a series of taxes that they're going to change. the thing that could not be settled today was this change cpi. essentially a benefit cut for social security recipients. that led to a breakdown in negotiations today, because republicans wanted those benefit cuts to social security. and democrats said no way. and that was the sticking point and that's when this thing moved from the senate over to biden and mcconnell where it is and will be overnight. we're not going to know until tomo
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
largely as retaliation for an act signed by president obama that restricts human rights abusers from traveling into the u.s. >>> two military officials tell cnn the syrian government is now using more accurate iranian-made missiles. this week the sources say the regime fired at least two of those short-range ballistic missiles in an attempt to hit syrian targets more accurately. the use of these weapons has prompted nato to send patriot missile systems to protect turkey. they're expected to be in place by the end of january. >>> a 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the 21 man who ambushed and killed two firefighters when called to a house fire in upstate new york. police announced today she purchased the rifle and shotgun used in the estimate echristmas attack. she told the gun shop she would be the true owner but she purchased the guns for aex con who is not allowed to possess guns. >>> since january there have been more people murdered on the streets of chicago than american soldiers killed in afghanistan. in chicago, homicides are up 17% and shootings up 1
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
the air. as of right now, president obama has gone back to his original demand that the bush era tax cuts be extended only for the first $250,000 in earnings. the white house is talking to senate democrats about what their proposal may look like. but as of yet, neither is in communication with congressional republicans. and as the white house hashes out details of the reid plan with senate democrats, it's at this moment unclear exactly what form it will take, what it will look like, other than to deal no doubt wheith tax cuts. details may not be released for a few days as they try to get republican support, yes, but also try to put pressure on speaker boehner by moving a vote in the senate closer to the new year. trying to say to house republicans and the speaker take up this bill that we may pass or take the blame for going over the fiscal cliff. joe. >> brianna keilar in hawaii there. there's a fight over what programs to keep funding when it comes to the fiscal cliff and it's not just between republicans and democrats. to explain that is cnn senior political analyst ron braunstein
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm PST
debate fumbles. let me imitate president obama and won. >> exactly. >> you are right. you know what, he is never been a good debater. there was nothing terribly bad about that. >> it was bad. >> listen, i want you all to look back on youtube at mccain oba obama. he wasn't that good. >> he wasn't a five star recruit in the previous debates. but in that one, he got cut. that was bad. >> it made the campaign that much more interesting because it changed the dynamics. >> but it changed. >> the number three. fumble. >> so, mr. president, how do you handle promises that you have made when you are running for election and how do you handle it? i mean what do you say to people? do you just you know i know, people -- i thought make it was an excuse. what do you mean shout ut up? >> just the weirdness of that moment. >> if you expect a comment on that. >> i'm out. >> love it. >> i'm out. >> i was in the hall that night, i was sitting there going what is he talking about. >> me too. >> this is another thing. hollywood legends are always bad at giving speeches. >> they have a script. >> and at
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm PST
for a law president obama signed earlier this month imposing restrictions on human rights abusers in russia. they said, quote, the russian government's politically motivated decision will reduce adoption possibilities for children under institutional care. we're further concerned about statements that adoptions already under way would be stopped and hope the russian government would allow those children who have already met and bonded with their future parents to finish the necessary legal procedures so they can join their families. the state department says there are 46 children in russia whose adoptions by american parents are almost complete and those adoptions now could be in jeopardy, but the impact could be even greater than that. hundreds of families are believed to be working with adoption agencies in russia. robert and kim were supposed to pick up a child in russia in just a few weeks. they have already bonded with their son, preston. filled their house with toys and clothes for him, and already consider him their son. i spoke with them a short time ago. so, kim, you've actu
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm PST
. right now, the leaders of the house and senate are sitting down with president obama in a search for an 11th hour deal to prevent severe tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in with the new year. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is getting new details. jess can ka, what are you hearing about that meeting? >> reporter: candy, the president is going to explain or reiterate the position he took on friday, that he would like a plan that extends tax rates for people who make $250,000 and below but raises them for those who make more than that. that it extends unemployment benefits for americans. and if the president, i'm told will say if he does not get an agreement to that plan, he will ask the other leaders what they can agree to, what what they would like instead. if they cannot come up with a proposal that will pass the house and the senate, will ask for a vote on his measure. but that meeting, candy, is still going on. congre congressional leaders arrived at the white house for a last-ditch meeting just days before a new year's deadline. back on
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
itself to do. i would also add, i think cornell is right about the problems facing republicans right now, the insecentives for each individual member of the house of republicans, every republican member, are in a sense to oppose president obama as strongly as possible. the incentive for the party as a whole is, you know, look, the legislative landscape is tilted very strongly against republicans right now. taxes are going to go up in some sense no matter what. for the long term future of the party, it's probably better to sort of retreat and find new ground to fight on. you have those sort of dueling imperatives at work. >> ross and cornell, thank you both, and we'll see what happens on monday. >>> more breaking news coming up. a rare case of lawmakers over on the senate side actually getting something done. something that the hard-hit survivors of hurricane sandy are counting on. >>> also, we'll tell you about people who got the job of going after unethical lawmakers and bipartisan efforts by lawmakers to eliminate those watch dogs, keeping them honest. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ s
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 12:00am PST
proudest moments for you with obama? i imagine one was when he came out for gay rights finally? >> mm-hmm. absolutely. that's great. >> what else? >> what else as has he done? >> that you're particularly proud of. >> his stance for women. women. the power of women or not allowing just for that one reason. in my show i would say i'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but if you want clean air, good food and so forth. if you believe that a woman has a right to choose what happens in her own body -- in other words, or you think your body belongs to the state, there is a clear choice. thank god that achen and murdock came out with -- >> extraordinary statements. >> unbelievable. isn't that great? keep talking, boys. >> what was amazing is when you watched the footage of the moments neither had a clue they had anything remotely contentious. >> scary. >> i found it unsettling. you can reach the point of potentially becoming a senator and have no clue what you are saying is deeply offensive to people. >> some men, mostly women, right? it was deeply offensive. >> do you feel there is any
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
election, barack obama won by three percentage points. this is a divided country right now. it's not me and grover. >> it does not absolve anyone of the responsibility of getting the business of the nation done. >> i agree with that. i agree. i want a resolution here. and i think actually there's room for -- i think there will be some kind of bargain in the next couple days or next few weeks and then we move on to these bigger issues that you've been talking about, tax reform, et cetera. one last point if i may. whether we improve these tax increases for the rich or not, as you know, you've said, we still have a trillion-dollar deficit. we have a lot of work to do. >> we do. all i ask is that we get the work done. steven moore, always a pleasure. thank you. we'll talk to you a lot in 2013. >>> up next, the great tax debate that steven was just talking act. does raising tax on the wealthy really hurt the economy? i'll give you an answer. s. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... th
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Dec 29, 2012 4:00am PST
thought that people would do the right thing with respect to fiscal policy. look, we wouldn't be in this circumstance, you know, president obama actually extended these tax cuts with the intent that washington would take a more reasonable look at how we can phase in fiscal policy in a way that wouldn't do damage to the overall economy. and i think that's something we really have to be concerned about. you said earlier, you know, the average worker making 3,500 -- would see their taxes go up 3,500 should we go over the fiscal cliff. that's a significant impact to individual citizens. and so we should be very concerned about that and what that might mean to the broader economy, which some of us, i think, could put us in a mild recession next year. >> what is it with washington? what is it with our elected leaders they can't come up with a deal at this point? they have to wait to make it a cliff hanger. we saw this with the debt ceiling debacle last summer and now again. do they think this is a popular move? a good move? what's wrong with them? >> alison, you know, look, the real trave
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 2:00am PST
brings it to the table, is that right? >> i think senator reed and the white house are in close consultation. he's been a tremendous ally of president obama's in the senate, for better or worse. each side has its own view of that. right now i think you're likely to see senator reed move a version of the bill that's acceptable to president obama or attempt to. it's not clear whether mitch mcconnell or other senators in the republican party will allow that to move forward. if something passes in the senate, i think it's likely that the house will follow suit. i think that takes the pressure off john boehner a little bit in terms of bringing something to the floor that his minions don't love. >> take care, drew. >>> two firefighters shot and wounded on christmas eve are improving and starting physical therapy. joseph hoffstetter and the other firefighter were shot after being called to a fire. we are starting to hear the 911 calls. >> multiple firemen down. multiple firemen shot. i am shot. i think it was an assault rifle. >> volunteers from other areas have stepped in to help the
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 5:00pm PST
for you with obama. i imagine one of them was when he came out so vocally for gay rights. >> mm-hmm. absolutely. that's great. >> what else? >> what else has he done? >> that you're particularly proud of him doing? >> oh, his stance for women, women. the power of women or not allowing -- just for that one reason. in my show, my concert tour, limited concert tour, i would say i'm not going to tell hue to vote for but if you want clean air and good food and so forth, and if you believe that a woman has a right to choose what happens in her own body, in other words, or you think your body belongs to the state, there's a clear choice. how could you -- thank god that akin and moredach came out with those extremist views. wasn't that great. keep talking boys, keep talking. >> when you watch the footage of those moments, neither of them had a clue that they said anything remotely contentious. i found that unsettling you could reach the point of becoming a senator and actually have no clue that what you're saying is deeply offensive to many people. >> right. some men, mostly women, right? i
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
. >> what's your response? >> she's absolutely right. that's exactly what president obama has proposed. he's proposed a plan that would extend all the middle class tax cuts and provide extended unemployment benefits for people who are out of work through no fault of their own who are still looking for a job. that's exactly the proposal the president has put forward. that's exactly the proposal that we have asked to have a vote on in the house of representatives. we haven't asked speaker boehner to support the bill. we have just asked them to have a vote on exactly the kind of proposal that you and that caller were talking about. >> we are now four days out. we'll see what happens. congressman, thank you very much. >> thank you. >>> we're back after another break. >>> you know her from tv and movie, but you may not know what she's dedicated her life to, giving back. here's big stars, big giving and eva longoria. >> i'm being pulled in a million different directions. sex trafficking in thailand or dolphins in japan. you can't do everything. so i'm thinking what do i really want to do. wh
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Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm PST
things for three days before they voted on them. i thought that was a good idea. obama campaign promising the negotiations would be on c-span. what they're doing right now is fundamentally wrong and not likely to help very much, and just leads us to the next crisis, which will be over the debt ceiling, to be followed by another crisis. >> i'm going to ask you to stick around if you can. >> unfortunately, i can't, but i do want to wish you a happy new year despite the fact that you're in washington. >> mr. speaker, to you and the entire family, we wish you a happy new year as well. we'll see you back here in washington at some point, i'm sure. >> take care. >> thank you very much. we'll get senator rand paul's perspective on what's going on. the republican senator from kentucky, when we come back. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snaps
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Dec 24, 2012 4:00am PST
a fashionista like you. >> life's rough. that's right. >>> ahead on "starting point," does president obama want to go off the cliff? that's what some are saying. they're saying it's been the plan all along. we'll talk to grover norquist, the president of americans for tax reform. that's next. >>> and it's not just for dr. seuss. a real life grinch breaks into one family's home. guess what? it's all caught on tape. just look at it. the family joins us live next. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor s
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Dec 31, 2012 9:00am PST
right now. we're actually going to hear from president obama on the fiscal cliff negotiations. that is at the white house, and that's going to happen in about a half hour on so. we expect there will be some news. they're clearly trying to hash out some sort of deal on both sides, that both sides feel is acceptable it to avoid the massive tax hikes and spending cuts that nearly all americans would experience starting tomorrow in the new year if these two sides do not get together. so we are expecting the president there at the white house to make a major statement to the american people regardleregarding where we are on nxs. >>> pope benedict is holing a new year's eve mass. italy will celebrate the new year in five hours. we'll show you other great celebrations we've been watching from around the world. this is victoria harbor. this is in hong kong. beautiful fireworks show. organizers say it was the biggest one ever. watch this. pretty spectacular. another big party. this one is over sydney harbor bridge in australia. the show was huge. we're talking about seven tons of fireworks. che
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm PST
price. >> they could have had a more popular message about cutting deficit spending, right? >> the truth is they would have been a lot better off taking the deal that boehner was negotiating with president obama way back when. it was a better deal all the way around. they missed that moment. but i think the real thing is who pays the price. the people who are going to pay the price are the americans, the middle class. this is crazy. it's nuts to be putting us through this. >> all of the focus on tax cuts. but the revenue from increasing the taxes on the wealthy will barely make a debt in the deficit to say nothing of the trillions in debt we're talking about. is this just a symbolic fight this the president is determined to win off his election? >> it's not symbolic. there will be money raised if the taxes are left to expire. but let me just bring up a point. no democrat and certainly not this president has said there should be no spending cuts. on the contrary this president has put on the table an extraordinary amount of spending cuts to the chagrin of many democrats i might add.
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Dec 27, 2012 9:00am PST
in his family. >> all right. ian lee, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> president obama back in washington today to tackle the so-called fiscal cliff. he landed about 30 minutes ago. you see him getting off of the air force one. the president shut his vacation short do deal with this economic crisis. according to a tweet from a white house spokesman, the president spoke with all four congressional leaders before leaving hawaii for washington, and the senate is reconvening today. now the automatic spending cuts and the tax increases that make up the fiscal cliff, they're set to take effect in just five days. much more on the fiscal cliff crisis, the effort to reach some kind of agreement later this hour. we're going go live to capitol hill for the latest as the senate returns to work. that is coming up in about 20 minutes. >>> and president obama's going to have another cabinet position to fill for the new year. we learned a short time ago apa lisa jackson is stepping down after the president's state of the union speech in january. jackson starting with the agency as a staff leve
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Dec 30, 2012 1:00am PST
obama administration? >> not necessarily. so, don, you mentioned the three things that are concerned to log cabin republicans. battle of gay rights. this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring open implementation takes place. he's has a negative record on that. not just talking about a former appointee. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and then finally our bilateral relationship with israel, not strong on that. so regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be sec-def. to use an army colloquialism, he's a no-go. >> have you been getting pushback from your party about the ad? >> no. the party is a broad spectrum. there are folks that we work with on the nonproliferation issue regarding iran. we were longtime supporters of legislation that was advocated by leadership in our party. other coalition groups. also as far as our stance with our ally relationship, our bilateral, state-to-state relationshi
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